Five Minute Friday — Enough

Okay. It’s Saturday. I guess my Friday writing run has ended.

In my defense, I just couldn’t function yesterday. From the time I opened my eyes in the morning — through two power naps (one lasting two hours) — until I settled in for the night at 9:30, it was a struggle to keep my eyes open. Meanwhile my brain was addled and my fingers went on strike … so I opted to write again another day. I’ll blame it on a dismal, drizzly, sunless day.

But, enough about me. You know how much I  value this Five Minute Friday exercise … and the feeling is shared my any comrades in the FMF community. Here’s what Christina has to say, taken from snippets in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. Don’t listen to me. Listen to her.

“Five Minute Friday helped me get over being a lone ranger writer. A consistent creative community with guts and heart.”

Amen, sister! I’ve asked you to join in [you really, really should]. It’s quick. It’s easy {okay, sometimes not always}. It’s challenging. And it’s oh so rewarding. Just visit Kate’s place ( for more details and/or to visit with members of this special writing confraternity.

The prompt for the week is, appropriately, ENOUGH {notice how I cleverly worked that into the intro?}. The timer has been set for five minutes, so I guess it’s time to let the neurons fire up and GO

I have enough … not too much … not too little … just enough.

I have enough material things to be comfortable yet not extravagant. Sure, like everyone else, I would love just one day where I could spend anything without looking at the pricetag or thinking about tomorrow. And there have been times when I scrimped and saved and was down, literally, to my last penny. But somehow, I managed to get by. I found leftovers to eat or “suddenly” discovered some cash in the pockets of pants I just decided to wear that day.

So I have enough. If I had more I would probably squander it. If I had less, I would find a way to make do.

I have enough faith to keep me going

Sure there are times that faith has been tested. Sure there are times when I feel inadequate in the faith department. I would love to evangelize better. I would love to share my faith story better. And I would like a boost of … STOP

… faith when I slip into the “doubting Thomas” days of my life. But, somehow, I manage to get by. I hear from a friend or relative or Facebook follower or blogging partner that a word or a phrase had lifted them up. Those are the faith boosters in my life, shining God’s light on an ordinary day or event for someone else.

So I have enough faith to keep me grounded. If I had more “I” might wander into the equation a lot more than “He”. If I had less, it would be pretty hard to face the “cold” days.

I have enough grace, not from anything I have ever done, but because I have a God who loves me the way I am. Sure there are times when I feel I’ve fallen out of God’s grace, but that’s on me. The truth is I can never fall out of God’s grace. I can walk away from it. I can ignore it … but it is always there.

So I have just the right amount of grace — God’s grace — to keep me going. And the good news is He has enough grace to go around. He will gladly share it with you. All you have to do is ask.

Grace breathes life into faith which, in turn, breathes life in everyday life. And it’s all enough … not too much … not too little … just enough.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: God can take the worst we have and make something wonderful out of it.


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6 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Enough

  1. GGMandy says:

    It’s good having just enough otherwise we get self-sufficient and forgot to trust in the Lord.
    I’m your neighbor at Five Minute Friday


  2. I agree with your observation – much more and I too would probably squander it and too much less and I would learn to make due. God provides what we need and for that I am truly thankful. – Lori
    visiting from FMF


  3. TamrahJo says:

    🙂 I like the “Enough” viewpoint to handle both ends of reality and the daily pendulum I deal with – “Enough!” I have enough, I need not worry so much….I can do this…

    “Enough!” Okay, Buddy, you have way, way, WAAAAYYYY crossed over the boundaries of what I’ll give my energy in support of…..” – –

    Enough is a BIG issue in my life –

    Because to me – Enough talks about our satisfaction in life, but it also talks about our boundaries – -And I’m still in the process of reconciling both, when I have enough, to volunteer to give more –

    BTW – your taking all the grandkiddos on annual trips?

    That’s an ENOUGH! moment I may not live long enough to be competent at – firstly, cuz I have no grandkiddos – I could fill a bus with adopted nieces/nephews, changelings on the street in need, etc….BUT – I couldn’t do it – for this moment,

    As I read this – I realized, I truly struggle with the “Enough” condundrum, STILL! at of both ends of the spectrum, BUT, on the plus side – Your words and take on things, remind me of better lines AND goals I can choose – for ENOUGH – – 🙂


  4. Well, I sure haven’t enough! I want, nay, require a pile of money large enough to buy a defanged Snake from the Forest Service, the cash to pay for the fuel, and neighbours who would appreciate my operating a tornado-inducing attack helicopter from my yard.

    Fortunately, I have the latter (rural New Mexico breeds good neighbours). Now to convince my wife.

    But realistically, I do have enough, even though enough is defined by a house I’m too ill to leave, novels I’m too ill to finish, and projects I’ll never complete but whose ghosts still occupy my workshop.

    I got as far as I was supposed to go in this life. God’s plan; who am I to question it?

    #1 at FMF this week.


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